CFUW North Vancouver meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Refreshments are served at 7 PM and the meeting begins at 7:30 PM.
Meetings are held at the Royal Canadian Legion,
123 West 15th, North Vancouver.
Prospective members and guests welcome at meetings (occasional exceptions will be noted in programme notes).
Programme for 2017-2018 – Getting to Know Our Community
December 14 – Christmas Party and Silent Auction fundraiser for members and guests
January 22 – Update on Canadian Sex Trade Legislation, panel presentation
February 8 – Education and Advocacy
March 8 – National and Provincial Resolutions & Pot Luck: members only please
April 12 – Mom to Mom
April 20 – 22: SPECIAL EVENT – Making Connections, Closing the Gaps. BC COUNCIL AGM hosted by CFUW North Vancouver
May 10 – Dying with Dignity: Sue Hughson
June 14 – Annual Dinner & Entertainment – tickets from members
Further programme details will be posted as they become available.
Past programmes for 2017-2018
September 14 – The Crisis in the Middle East and War for Religion
Our first meeting of the new year features our many interest groups – Art Hop, Book Discussion, Community Action, Financial Literacy, International Studies, Issues & Advocacy, Mah Jong & Games, Meander & Munch, Pitch & Putt, Social Bridge, Tea & Trumpets, Technology, and the Walking Group. Our club stands for educating ourselves, sharing our education, and creating a better local community and world for all, especially women and children, learning something new, expanding our horizons and making with new friends. Our first speaker of the year was Dr. Andre Gerolymatos, SFU Professor of History and a Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre of Hellenic Studies. His presentation “The Crisis in the Middle East and War for Religion” was beyond eye opening. Dr. Gerolymatos holds the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC Chair of Hellenic Studies and is a Co-Director of the Terrorism, Risk & Security Studies Program at SFU, has received numerous honours and awards acknowledging his important contribution to Canadian national security, and has served with federal Ministries, Boards and Councils from 1993 to 2013. We, as Canadians, individually and collectively MUST help all newcomers from other lands feel welcome in Canada: interact with those from other cultures and faiths and personally demonstrate what a wonderful country we have in Canada.
October 12 – Hope: A Concept and a Practice, Sally Halliday, MA, RCC, CCC
Most of us are familiar with stories about life’s challenges and difficulties, yet alongside these narratives lie powerful sources of hope that are often not acknowledged or even understood. Over the past 30 years, research has demonstrated the benefits of hope when it comes to making positive changes and supporting a fulfilling life. But how does it work? During this short presentation, we were introduced to some of the research that defines and supports hope practices and had an opportunity to try out some hope tools. Sally Halliday, a Vancouver-based Registered Clinical Counsellor, thrives on creating interactive and informative learning experiences. Formerly with UBC Continuing Studies, she helped create the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching. As a corporate trainer or a clinician, Sally believes in the power of learning and support for people who want to change unhealthy patterns and move forward with a sense of energy and hope.
November 9 –Advancing Child and Youth Rights: Audrey Hobbs Johnson, club member and educator, hosts the panel of Rachel Malek and Mandy Thayil and a volunteer representative from Foundry.
Rachel Malek, BC Representative for Children and Youth’s 2010 Award of Excellence in Youth Leadership winner; Vancouver 24 Hours News’ Top 24 Under 24 Award winner in 2012; and the Vancouver Foundation’s BC Child and Youth in Care Achievement Award winner in the Superstar category in 2016, has embraced service to others since she was a homeless teenager at age 14. Increasingly her focus has shifted to policy advocacy for marginalized youth and women. Her work in this area culminated last year in a professional appointment with the BC Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), as Project Coordinator of a province-wide Study Circle initiative which looked for ways to improve community support for young people “aging out” of foster care. Mandy Thayil, a trained social worker and Program Manager for the Society of Children and Youth of BC, has many years experience in program development and community engagement towards supporting the well-being of children and youth in both schools and community programs. Both women have a commitment to mobilizing communities to play their part in empowering children and youth and promoting participatory advocacy. FOUNDRY represents community agencies, government, donors, youth, young adults and families coming together to improve the wellness of BC’s young people, believing that you people should have a voice in their care and finding the right should support should not be difficult. Guests are MOST welcome: please come and get involved.
Past programmes for 2016-2017
June 8 – Annual Dinner – Seymour Golf and Country Club. On Being a Restaurant Critic, Chris Dagenais, North Shore News. Tickets must be purchased in advance from a club member.
May 11 – Annual General Meeting and RCMP in the Community We were fortunate to have two RCMP officers from the North Vancouver detachment give a dual presentation. Corporal Marlies Dick has 12 year service working rotations in General Duty, Traffic, Integrated First Nations Policing, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and is currently in the Youth Intervention Unit. She spoke on a day in the life of a police officer and the community outreach programs/initiatives offered. Corporal Peri Mainwaring has over 20 years experience, starting in rural Saskatchewan. Since arriving in the Lower Mainland Peri has worked in Federal Policing with Market Enforcement Fraud and currently supervises the Fraud Unit here in North Vancouver in the District Response Sergeant Position. Peri’s focus was on identity fraud and prevention, covering the top ten scams and how to protect yourself. In addition to the ones you hear about quite regularly, she warned us of the romance/dating scams targeting older single women (millions of dollars have been lost in Canada to this one), watch carefully when buying things on line for truly secure sites, use PayPal or have a low limit separate credit card used just for on-line purchases, fake endorsements, lottery winnings and wire fraud and SHRED ALL important papers containing YOUR identity to help prevent identity theft.
April 13 – Stand Tall Education Network Training Centre, Uganda, Nicola Shouela Our speaker, Nicola Shouela, is founder of the secondary school in Kampala, Uganda which takes students from the Stand Tall Primary School, also in Kampala. Both of these schools accept students whose parents and guardians cannot afford the minimal amount charged for them to attend public school. The cost of sending one student to high school per year is $600 which includes uniforms, books, supplies, room and board. Nicole is entertaining and well informed and her presentation is always inspiring. A generous friend donate two of her homemade frozen pies for a mini silent auction, there were other treasures to bid on thanks to Isabelle Zoobkoff, plus many individual donations were also made. All proceeds were added to the club’s small donation to Stand Tall to make a most worthwhile donation to a most worthy cause. Thanks to all who helped achieve this.
March 9 – Members enjoyed a pot luck dinner and discussed and voted upon proposed National Resolutions and proposed amendments to the National Articles and Bylaws and changes to the CFUW BC Council Constitution and Bylaws.
February 9 – Update on Stem Cell Research – Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. Terry Thomas, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Research and Development STEMCELL Technologies, Inc. joined STEMCELL Technologies to head the Research and Development Department. Under her leadership the R & D department has grown from 2 employees in 1994 to more than 200 today. STEMCELL Technologies is a privately owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver. This company provides reagents, instruments and protocols to support leading-edge life sciences research around the world. Terry described the different types of stem cells, what we know of their biology and to what extent we can direct them to generate the various cells and tissues found in the body.
January 12 – PADS: Pacific Assistance Dog Society – Two representative of PADS spoke to us about the work the assistance dogs do for people in our community. Not to be confused with the dogs who assist the blind, two male trained dogs( who happen to be brothers) demonstrated many of their skills. We saw how they could assist people by alerting their partners to a variety of sounds (such as the doorbell or fire alarm). As well, we saw how they can help with such tasks as opening and closing doors, and retrieving dropped objects. It was extremely informative and those present thoroughly enjoyed seeing the dogs in action.
December 8 – Christmas Party and Silent Auction. Bring your enthusiasm, Christmas/holiday related gifts or delightful small packages to auction off for the Charitable Trust and the Conference Fund. Fun and Christmas/holiday cheer will be yours for a song!
November 17 – The Public Library in the 21st Century – Jacqueline van Dyk, Director, Library Services, District of North Vancouver Libraries.
What does the library of the future look like? As the former provincial librarian for BC and current chief librarian at the North Vancouver District Public Library, Jacqueline van Dyk knows about revolution in public library services. Over the last one hundred years, libraries have adapted from transactional lending facilities into dynamic community hubs that go way beyond just books. We’ll explore the library space as a connective hub; linking people to information and knowledge, to each other, and to the tools they need to survive in a dramatically changing digital world. Jacqueline will also expand on potential visions for the Library of Tomorrow and what that might look like in the District of North Vancouver.
October 13 – Aging Well: Is Mobility the Key? – Dr. Heather McKay, Professor, Department of Orthopedic and Family Practice, UBC , and Director of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.
As we age, it’s natural for our bodies to start slowing down. Our muscles weaken, joints wear out and bones start losing strength. However, we shouldn’t accept all this as a part of the aging process as there are things we can do to maintain our quality of life and our independence well into older age. Current research shows that the more effort we put into strengthening our bodies through exercise, especially early in life, the longer we can stay mobile. Dr. McKay showed us the importance of mobility for healthy aging and gave some practical tips intended to help maintain the body, mind and independence into later years. Because there are now more people in Canada over the age of 85 than under 15 years, SENIORS have a really loud voice, politically, re: such things as health care, city infrastructure, etc. Use your voice! In North America, lack of mobility contributes more to an early demise than smoking, diabetes and obesity combined. The message: Get Moving, Now!
September 8 – Aging out of Foster Care – Audrey Hobbs-Johnson along with a panel from Vancouver University Women’s Club (Hycroft) including Patricia Grohne and her amazing team of young adults – Rachel Malek, Johnny Tuktu and Lorilynn Grey who spoke to us with the knowledge and passion that can come from someone who knows the system from the inside as well as out. Collectively we were touched by the dreadful scenario that any aging-out 19 year faces with the BC foster care system and collectively we will try to make a difference – both locally and provincially. In addition to this power presentation by a group of older women who care and young people who know things must change, we also meet old friends and new at our first meeting of the season: Interest Group members shared their enthusiasm and knowledge about all the many groups members can join and enjoy. [See printable meeting POSTER in BLOG section).
Past programmes for 2015-2016 Education and Advocacy
June 9 – Annual Dinner: guest speaker The Honourable Mr Justice Randall Wong, Reflections from Fifty Years in the Courtroom. He recalled fifty years in the courtroom – both in front of and behind the bench. Both his personal journey from law student to senior judge and the struggle of the Chinese Canadians to gain entry, respect, equality and recognition throughout the Canadian justice system was eye opening, entertaining and profound.
May 12 – Jennifer Wade, philanthropist and justice advocate, with her extensive background in human rights, and a co-founder of Amnesty International (AI), spoke on her activities in the area of social justice. From the start of AI in London, to involvement with the civil rights movement while teaching English at Emory University (Atlanta), to co-founding the Vancouver chapter of AI in the early 1970s, to her long service as a board member for the Elizabeth Fry Society, the World Federalists and the SOS Children’s Village, Dr. Wade spoke about her life and what factors motivated her to become a social activist. All sat riveted by her tales of commitment, determination and bravery. Her talk was followed by the Annual General Meeting as well as the regular monthly meeting.
April 14 – Halanna Matthew, Ph.D., author of the Fast Way To Heal For Life and a Naturopath truly believes that illness can be our best teacher. She discussed how the body heals itself and how to become aware that the choices we make affect our health, our environment and our relationships. She considers Nature, Time and Patience to be the three great physicians.
March 10 – at 6:30 pm. Resolutions and Pot Luck Supper for CFUW NV members. We voted on five (5) draft resolutions for the upcoming CFUW National AGM in June 2016 and on two (2) important motions on CFUW National bylaw changes: one may totally change our relationship with/membership in Graduate Women International.
February 11 – Laying the Foundation for a Culture of Nature. Dr. Rob Butler, (click on underlined link to see poster) scientist, conservationist, author, naturalist, artist and writer/producer of The Three Waters, a film about the Salish Sea (Mike McKinley co-producer) which is still in its production stage. A former Senior Research scientist and biologist with Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service, he is President and co-founded the Pacific Wildlife Foundation. The film explores how the natural world is shaping the culture of the Salish Sea between Canada and the United States. Dr. Butler talked about his upcoming movie which will give us an opportunity to see the world and nature in a new way. It “is a journey of exploration to find others who feel the magnetism of the Salish Sea and who might lay the foundation for a culture of nature.”
January 14 – A Musical Interlude: Light classics presented by professional opera singer Catherine Affleck McPhail along with her musings on the state of opera today and its hopes for the future.
December 10 – Christmas Party and silent auction
12 November – CELEBRATING Fifty Years of BCIT: What this iconic technical school has become in half a century! And changes in the programs over the years: from 647 students in 17 programs to the current 48,000 students in 350 programs. Marie-Claire Concannon, Associate Director Giving and Stewardship enlightened us on how BCIT has morphed from a trade school into its current form educating students across a diverse range of careers. Our club is currently developing an endowment fund to support our BCIT scholarship.
21 October – 7:30 pm The public as well as members listened intently to the topic of Prevention of Violence, Canada (POVC): How Individuals Can Help to Prevent Violence. Speaker, Shannon Turner, co-founder of POVC, is a University of Victoria Doctoral Fellow. Turner has expertise in Healthcare, Community Health, Prevention, Chronic Disease Initiatives, Public Health, Tribal Council Healthcare Management, Health Promotion and Community Outreach, Healthcare Management and Public Policy. Her message, in brief, is get involved. No matter who you are or where you live YOU can make a difference. Got to: http://povc.zimsoft.ca/ for information about POVC.
10 September – 7pm We met old friends and the many new who joined us as well as signed up for some of the many interest groups. At 7:30 pm, Linda Russell, B.C. Council president, long time member and a past president of the North Vancouver club, shared the highlights of her experiences at the United Nations Caucus on the Status of Women, held in New York last March. The progress of women’s groups around the world in the last twenty years was the focus. We heard about achievements that occurred despite heavy odds and the role Canada played during those years. Linda will also share an overview of this past year as IFUW (now GWI) undertook to redefine itself. As we begin the new year CFUW members will be asked to express their thoughts about what we want CFUW to be going forward and what we want CFUW’s voice to be in Canada and overseas. In lieu of a business meeting we divided into discussion groups to address advocacy projects and other issues related to our club’s mission.
Past programmes for 2014-2015 Education and Advocacy
10 June – Annual Dinner for members and their guests at North Vancouver’s Holiday Inn. Entertainment was provided by the men’s barbershop quartet, The Motones, a subgroup of the award winning a capella Gentlemen of Fortune Barbershop Harmony Chorus.
14 May – AGM plus CFUW Awards and Scholarships, facilitated by Audrey Hobbs Johnson. Education is a key component of the CFUW mandate. We will look at “What does post secondary education look like in 2015?” Our panel consisted of: Olga Woodland, Secondary Principal in North Vancouver recently retired working now with students taking the International Benchmark Test PISA; Nancy So, Secondary Counsellor, Windsor Secondary School and scholarship committee head; and, Amanda Woodland, North Vancouver secondary student now attending university.
9 April – Chair-side Travel of north west Nepal with Greg Strong to the world’s last enclave pure of Tibetan Buddhism.
12 March – Members enjoyed “potluck finger food” and discussed and voted on the proposed National CFUW Resolutions.
12 February – Finances Matter: retirement, estate and tax planning. Kathryn Sager, First Vice President, Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy and Catherine Williamson, Investment Advisor, CIBC World Markets shared their wisdom on investing for the older woman along with many helpful hints and checklists for estate and will planning. An excellent presentation.
8 January 2015 – Hidden Treasures: The North Vancouver Museum and Archives (our collective community memory). Assistant Director, Shirley Sutherland, looked at some of the collection treasures, their intrinsic values and what they represent. Nick Locke, the Campaign Director for the New Museum Campaign, gave us a sneak preview of its new waterfront home at the foot of Lonsdale promised for 2017 to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday. It will look at the past, the present and the future. Check out my-museum.ca/ and Walter Draycott’s greatwarchronicle.ca/ .
11 December – The annual silent auction to contribute to the national Charitable Trust for scholarships and holiday celebration.
13 November – Alison MacLean, an independent documentary filmmaker of Tomboy Digital Productions, South Surrey, returned to Afghanistan in Spring 2011 to document, on film, the local Afghan women who are being trained as police officers, even though their lives will be in grave danger. Her new documentary, Burkas 2 Bullets, will be released soon. Being embedded with the American, Dutch and French armies provided her safety but as a woman on her own she had amazing access to and trust with local ordinary and police women in several areas. Following withdrawl of Canadian troops life is more dangerous for many and she believes NATO needs to stay there longer to let the budding democracy take hold. ISIL (ISIS) is a huge threat to Afghani farmers and their families kidnapping children of families who won’t grow poppies (drugs) for them.
9 October – Frances Robinson, director at Sage House, our local transition house for women and children escaping from violence spoke about the challenges facing the women. In this 18-bed North Vancouver transition house shelter, food, clothing, personal items, referrals, advocacy, individual support and support groups are offered for up to thirty days.
11 September – Social and interest group presentation and sign up. John Wallstrom, certified Laughter Yoga instructor, presented a hands on experience of laughter yoga demonstrating the benefits of laughing unconditionally.
Programme for 2013-2014:
Think Globally, Act Locally
For 2013 – 2014:
12 June – Year End Dinner with Guest Speaker, Shelley Fralic, journalist, who has been with the Vancouver Sun for 35 years. She is currently a columnist writing on social issues and modern day life and culture.
8 May – Guest Speaker – Michelle Dodds, Executive Directory of the North Shore Women’s Centre.
10 April – Guest speaker Donna Miller – Teachings of the Half Boy,concerning aboriginal educational experiences and aboriginal culture. Education is empowerment: it is freedom.
13 March – Resolutions – Members discussed and voted on proposed CFUW resolutions for National CFUW AGM 2014.
13 February – Guest speaker Carolyn Scott, Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed. Carolyn Scott,head of a Canadian registered charity which supports the Centre for Rehabilitation of the paralysed (CRP), Bangladesh. Her passion for Bangladesh developed during her husbands’, Jon Scott, posting there from 1993 to 1996, as Canadian High Commissioner. She has recently returned from her sixteenth visit to Bangladesh and spoke about her experiences there.
9 January 2014 – Guest speaker Wing Chow, artist. Wing Chow, practising artist and enthusiastic teacher who taught art in North Vancouver for many years. He currently heads the marketing and sales for Artists for Kids and spoke on current projects for Artists for Kids.
12 December – Social for members
14 November – Education Panel re: Key Changes (and challenges) in Education provincially and in North Vancouver in particular. How do “the collective we” help and hinder the progress of education? Panelists were John Lewis, Superintendent of School District #44 and Principals Kelly LaRue, Lynmour Elementary School, Lisa Upton, Norgate Elementary School and Bill Reid, Queen Mary Elementary School. These four key educators from the North Vancouver School District gave our club a glimpse into the lives our children and youth in the schools of today, the people that teach them and the system that supports them. Social and emotional learning is of prime importance, the skills of reading, writing and numeracy are still important but how teachers engage students successfully has changed. Technology is playing a significant role.
10 October – Guest speaker Joanne Schoeder of HELP – Child Development and Poverty
Speaker: Joanne Schroeder, Deputy Director
Joanne Schroeder, Deputy Director of HELP, the ”Human Early Learning Partnership” at UBC. Joanne shared the research done at UBC on how early environments and experiences contribute to children’s ability to thrive. Joanne Schroeder played a foundational role as Community Development Manager in the translation of HELP’s early child development research to communities. She is also the lead author of the Communities for Children: A Toolkit for Action recently published by the HELP and a contributor to a variety of other publications. Joanne is the National Lead Fellow for the Council for Early Child Development (CECD) and as part of that role manages the Pan-Canadian EDI initiative. Her statistics on child vulnerability area by area in North Vancouver was extremely surprising and most enlightening. Check out their website (link above) for research in your area.
12 September – Film: Status Quo on Women’s Rights
Our September meeting focused on viewing the National Film Board’s film Status Quo. This film, which is made available to all CFUW clubs, deals with the history of the Women’s Rights Movement in Canada, in which CFUW members from across Canada and locally, from CFUW North Vancouver have been actively involved. Each decade fought its own battles for the rights of women and victory was seldom achieved easily – pension reform, divorce legislation, family law issues, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly Section “28. Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.” Have we achieved enough for women’s rights in Canada? What’s missing? Is it only women who have to fight for their rights? Society as a whole, and particularly women, must be ever vigilant to ensure the rights we have worked so hard to gain are not lost and those which we do not yet have are achieved – for us, our children and our grandchildren – both female and male.
For 2012 – 2013: Think Globally, Act Locally
13 September – Guest Panelists discussed CFUW at the Local, National and International Level.
11 October – A guest panel presented information and answered questions on child and family poverty in BC. Click here to go to the poster on the program. This meeting was open to guests. Panelists were:
- Pippa Rowcliffe – a director at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC. Pippa oversees a communications strategy to effectively describe and promote HELP and to disseminate research findings.
- Sharon Gregson – the Coalition on Child Care Advocacy. Sharon works with advocacy groups at the local and national levels and she is currently a trustee on the Vancouver Board of Education.
- Dr. Carol Matusicky – community activist and recently retired Executive Director of the BC Council for Families
8 November – Alison MacLean, Canadian film maker, will show and discuss her video Outside the Wire on the impacts on women and children of the war in Afghanistan.
“Canadian filmmaker and mother of two, Alison MacLean, risked her life on the front lines to make Outside the Wire, a documentary spotlighting female Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. When the Canadian government decided not to support the film, Alison found support from a 92 year-old veteran. $3000 was scrounged up for her flight, $10,000 in gear was generously donated from a Richmond Manufacturing company and the only thing left to do was write her will. But that meant having “the chat” first with her kids. Not something most of us have to do before heading to work, that’s for sure.” from Tomboy Productions, an independent film production company website.
11 April – Jonathan Scott, former Canadian ambassador – Advent of a Canadian Ambassador: Canada’s Roles and Responsibilities.
Jon Scott served in the Canadian Foreign Service for 37 years with postings to all inhabitable continents. He will discuss the benefits of a career in the Canadian diplomatic service and relate a few adventures based on his experiences. Dr. Scott’s presentation will prove interesting, informative and frank.
Mrs. Carolyn Scott will be present to provide her perspective.
Dr. Scott joined the Department of External Affairs in 1966 and has been appointed to diplomatic postings in Tunis, Caracas, Bonn, and Jakarta. As well, he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Canberra, High Commissioner in Dhaka, and Consul General in Munich.
He is currently Adjunct Professor in the SFU Political Science Department.
9 May – CFUW Scholarship winners and Dr. Kris Bulcroft, Capilano University President